Friends of WVU Hospitals celebrate with luncheon

MORGANTOWN, WV – Friends of West Virginia University Hospitals, made up of volunteers, hosted their annual luncheon on Tue., April 13.   Board members and special guests enjoyed lunch and a presentation by the board which celebrated a very successful year for Friends. 

In 2009, Friends of WVU Hospitals became a certified member of the AWVHA (Auxiliary of West Virginia Hospital Association). The group also received the Woodburn Circle Society Award from the WVU Foundation for exceeding over $1 million in contributions over the past decade. This is the highest honor bestowed by the WVU Foundation. 

In 2009, 416 adult, student and junior volunteers contributed more than 21,000 volunteer hours to WVU Hospitals. The 2010 Volunteer Service Hour Awards were presented to the following recipients by Charlotte Bennett, Vice President of Human Resources, WVU Hospitals:

•    100 hours of service:  Donna Allen, Ben Ashraf, Adrienne Davis, Daniel Gloekler, Mossie Goodin, Robert Jones, John Lozier, Marie Richardson, and Carolyn Riggie.
•    500 hours of service:  Louise Braddock and Thea Heinrichs
•    1,500 hours of service:  Anita Hochberg
•    2,000 hours of service: Connie Lowe and Anna Long
•    9,000 hours of service: Evelyn Andrews
•    Volunteer of the Year:  Connie Lowe
•    Friends Life Member Recipient: Louise Braddock

Friends Gift Shop, located in the lobby of Ruby Memorial Hospital, had more than 94,000 customers in 2009.  Profits from the gift shop are donated by Friends to support projects throughout WVU Hospitals.

The new Monti Bear, Hug-a-Bear, was a big success in 2009 with the support of Bob Huggins, WVU Mountaineers basketball coach. More than 820 bears have been sold so far, with $10 from each sale benefiting the Norma Huggins Cancer Research Endowment at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Clinic at WVU Hospitals. The first Friends donation to the fund will be $7,480.  Bears may be ordered online at www.wvuhgift.com or by calling 304-598-4133. 

Other Friends efforts raised significant funds and benefitted many people in the region. These projects concerned CPR, the children’s waiting area at Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, employee health and communications, patients’ families, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visitation, and a Christmas tree display fundraiser

To become a volunteer or for more information on WVU Hospitals, please visit http://www.health.wvu.edu.

Photo caption: Tammy Whitacre, MaryBabbRandolphCancerCenter, Sheara Lorenze, Friends of WVUH, Patricia Antion, Friends Gift Shop



For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 04-13-10

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